Twins sign No. 1 pick, right-hander Alex Wimmers
Alex Wimmers is eager to get his pro career started with the
The Twins signed their first-round pick in this June’s draft, a
right-hander from Ohio State, to a $1,332,000 bonus Friday night
minutes before Minnesota took the field for the first game of a
three-game series against the Cleveland Indians.
”I just wanted to sign and get things going,” Wimmers said on
a conference call from Minneapolis. After signing, he was headed
home to Cincinnati and is to report to the Fort Myers Miracle of
the Class A Florida State League on Sunday.
”We are thrilled to have Alex on board,” scouting director
Deron Johnson said in a statement issued by the Twins. ”He fits
the mold that we like. He has four pitches that he can throw for
strikes, including a great changeup. He throws strikes, and pitches
with no fear.”
Wimmers has been compared to former Twins ace Brad Radke, who
pitched 12 seasons through 2005 for Minnesota. Radke relied on
sharp control of off-speed pitches to compile a 148-139 record for
Minnesota including a 20-10 mark in 1997.
Wimmers went 9-0 with a 1.60 ERA as a junior this spring for the
Buckeyes. He pitched the first nine-inning no-hitter in school
history and had 86 strikeouts and 23 walks in 73 innings, not
allowing a home run.
The 21-year-old, selected No. 21 overall, said he simply let his
advisers handle negotiations while he tried to stay in shape by
Wimmers’ innings were limited somewhat by a hamstring injury
this season, but he said he is completely healthy.
”I can’t wait to get back on the mound,” he said. ”I
definitely feel I have the stuff to pitch at the major league
Mike Leake, the Cincinnati Reds’ top pick a year ago at No. 8
overall, went directly from college to the majors this season.
Chris Sale, picked No. 13 overall this June, was called up
Wednesday by the Chicago White Sox after pitching 10 1-3 innings in
the minors and is expected to make his big league debut soon.